PNY CS2211 XLR8 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Final Thoughts


Pricing

At the time of writing, the new PNY XLR8 CS2211 can be tricky to find in Europe. In fact, I couldn’t find a single shop having it available yet. In the US, it’s already widely available and definitely a drive to check out, for example from NewEgg for just $84.99 or $69.99 through PNY’s own website.

Conclusion

It was a real pleasure to have PNY’s XLR8 CS2211 SSD drive in the testing area today and I wasn’t disapointed one bit. The drive has a beautiful designed enclosure that showcases the XLR8 branding in a toned down version compared to the predecessor. It is also a drive that would be a great in any system, workstation or gaming system, stationary or portable.

The drive is built around quality components such as 15nm Toshiba MLC NAND and a Phison controller that coupled together drive this SSD to some great performance figures. We saw a solid and strong performance from this 240GB model which is the slowest rated drive in the new CS2211 series, which also means that you’ll get an even better performance from the larger versions. The drive had no trouble living up to the rated performance and also went past it several times.

PNY is backing this drive with a full 4-year warranty which means that you don’t need to register the drive or anything to get a 2+2 year warranty, or similar things. It also comes with a high 2 million hours MTBF which speaks for PNY’s trust in the quality that they deliver. That doesn’t come a big surprise after the conditioning tests to simulate wear and tear, which the CS2211 mastered without any trouble what so ever.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Low price
  • Good looking design
  • 4-year warranty

Cons

  • Availability

Neutral

  • No DevSleep feature

“Whether your system is for gaming or working, portable or stationary, the PNY XLR8 CS2211 should be on your watch list. Great performance and reliability.”

PNY CS2211 XLR8 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Thank you PNY for providing us with this sample.